Thursday, March 1st, 2012

NARS Night Breed Nail Lacquer
NARS Night Breed Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Breed Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Breed Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described simply as “black with silver glitter.” It’s a deep black with silver shimmer and sparkle that’s opaque in two coats (but one coat packs quite a punch of pigmentation). I don’t have anything quite like this. I think the closest shade I could think of was China Glaze Tinsel Town, but it has a lot more silver glitter and shimmer, so it looks more silver than it does black. China Glaze Stone Cold has more uniform and smaller-sized shimmer, plus it has a matte finish.

NARS nailed the formula of their Night Series shades–the color coverage is fantastic, the shades are nuanced, and they even dry faster than most polishes. It does dry down to a flatter finish, so a shiny top coat is a must if you prefer a glossy finish. The wear of NARS polishes is remarkably good–minor tip wear and no chipping after seven days.  The application was easy and required no special effort; Night Breed had a good consistency–not too thick or too thin–that yielded even color without streaking.

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Night Breed

Night Breed is a high-end polish that's worth it--the formula is flawless: rich in color, easy application, and long-wear. I also love that they didn't skimp on the quantity, because you're getting as much polish as the average polish has (0.50 fl. oz.). Too many high-end brands squeeze on both price and quantity!











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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

5 Soft Pink Blushes to Try

Originally, I was going to pick five favorite pink blushes, but pink is such a popular blush hue that I thought it would be better to split it into two separate posts: one for softer, subtler pinks (think light to medium) and a second one for bolder, more fuchsia-like pinks. Thanks to reader Sirinthorn for today’s topic! These are designed to be truer pinks, but it’s on my list of posts-to-do for more of a neutral-pink-beige blush roundup :)

  1. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink — blue-based light-medium pink
  2. Burberry Peony — soft pink with yellow undertones
  3. Chanel Pink Explosion — subtly cool-toned light-medium pink
  4. NARS Gaiety — really cool-toned pink
  5. MAC So Sweet, So Easy — pale pink

What’s your favorite soft pink blush?

Monday, February 27th, 2012

5 Pretty in Peach Blushes

Peach can be a really wearable color that can look natural on any skin tone.  Cooler complexions will find that peach-hued blushes can help mitigate any natural redness on the cheeks without emphasizing it like a pink blush might.  Warmer complexions are easily freshened up with a pop of peach on the cheeks.  Reader Sirinthorn wanted to see what my five picks would be for peach blushes, and here they are:

  1. Chanel Espiegle— peach-orange with a satiny sheen
  2. MAC Peaches — classic peach with subtle brown undertones
  3. Make Up For Ever #14 — soft peach
  4. NARS Sex Appeal — pale peach
  5. MAC Melba — dirty peach-brown with a matte finish

What’s your favorite peach blush?

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

5 Radiant Red Lipsticks for Valentine’s Day

There are so many fantastic reds available on the market these days, but I managed to narrow it down to this list of five that I think would make an incredible ruby red pout for Valentine’s Day.

  1. NYX Too Chic — subtly blue-based red with a semi-matte finish
  2. Guerlain Liu — glossy semi-opaque red with pink
  3. MAC Ruby Woo — blue-based, matte, not budging
  4. NARS Mascate — matte, deep red with very subtle cool undertones
  5. MAC Prolong — subtly blue-based red with a natural sheen

What’s your favorite red lipstick for Valentine’s Day?

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

NARS @ Fabiola Arias NYFW Fall 2012

NARS was backstage creating the look at Fabiola Arias this past week. “All the pieces are strong but not overbearing,” said designer Fabiola Arias. “I wanted the girls to look like they are really lit from within, in gorgeous dresses and hats that my mother, a milliner, created.”

“Fabiola wanted a look that was strong, but sophisticated at the same time,” said Uzo, NARS International Lead Makeup Artist. “We created a very rich, ombre eye with warm shades complemented by gold tones. The inner corners of the eyes are meant to look like they are illuminated, and to balance the look, the lips have color but are tinted rather than full-on.”

Products Used

  • Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++
  • Sheer Glow Foundation
  • lluminator
  • Skorpios Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
  • Key Largo Duo Eyeshadow
  • Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow
  • Kilimanjaro Duo Eyeshadow
  • Vent Glacé Duo Eyeshadow (New for Fall 2012!)
  • Eyeliner Stylo
  • Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
  • More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (New for Fall 2012!)
Saturday, February 11th, 2012

NARS @ Creatures of the Wind NYFW Fall 2012

NARS was backstage creating the look at Creatures of the Wind this past week. “We were inspired by a book from the 17th century called, The Secret Commonwealth: Of Elves, Fauns and Faires,” said designer Chris Peters. “The clothes all have an element of parallel existences – the real world versus the fairy world – manifesting itself in the combinations of fabrics and the idea of transformation and transition.”

“The look is about ethereal, forest-wet skin,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry. “You can’t use enough moisturizer – it’s dewy and really radiant. The eye should be defined in its shape but worn-in with its effect. As if you can see the eyelid through it, which we get from the gloss.”

Products Used

  • Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30/PA+++
  • Cayenne Single Eyeshadow
  • Mambo Eyeliner Pencil
  • Bengali Single Eyeshadow
  • Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow
  • Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow
  • Rouge Tribal Larger Than Life Lip Gloss (new for Spring 2012)
  • Triple X Lip Gloss

How-to for Hair

  1. Prep damp hair with Kérastase Mousse Substantive for texture, Kérastase Lotion Densitive for added thickness and rough dry with fingers
  2. Spray sections of hair with Kérastase Double Force Control Ultime, create curls with fingers and pin
  3. Once sections have set, take out the pins and gather hair, keeping the front right section loose
  4. At the back of the head, take random sections, creating three small braids and loosening them with fingers
  5. Twist and pin the remaining back section haphazardly, then wind the braids over the twists and pin into place
  6. Lightly tease the remaining front section, and begin loosely pinning and twisting the hair starting at the ear, wrapping the ends and securing underneath the style
  7. For added shimmer, spray hair with a gold glitter spray and finish the look with Kérastase Double Force Hairspray

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